The government of Lebanon has agreed to conduct free PCR tests for Sri Lankans seeking to be repatriated.

The agreement was reached  after the Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Lebanon  Shani Calyaneratne Karunaratne held discussions with the Lebanese Minister of Labour, Madame Lamia Yammine at the Labour Ministry premises  last week.

Among matters discussed were the COVID-19 outbreak and the Sri Lankan migrant workers, the economic crisis in Lebanon, the non-availability of work for undocumented workers, unpaid salaries and health issues of migrant workers, the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Beirut said in a press release.

They also discussed the temporary measures taken by the Embassy to cushion the shock faced by the workers by distributing food rations to the neediest spread across Lebanon.

Ambassador and the Minister also discussed the pending MOU on migrant Labour from Sri Lanka and the Unified contract, minimum wage, and the worker’s rights.

Counsellor (E&W) of the Embassy P.K.T Hettiarachchi and Head of the Department of International Affairs of the Ministry Denise Dahrouj also attended the meeting.

SL Ambassador to Lebanon Shani Calyaneratne Karunaratne with Lebanese Minister of Labour Lamia Yammine